Overview of Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

High on a kopje in the wild northern part of South Africa, as if set there by Mother Nature herself, lies the Simbavati Hillside Lodge. Here, under the limitless sky, eight tents – each with their own deck and en suite tented bathroom – allow a private safari of your own.

There are no fences between the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the vast Kruger National Park, giving game more than 20 000km² to roam freely. This is Big 5 country and, with your guide and Shangaan tracker, a stay at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge almost guarantees you will see them all. Keep your eyes peeled for the rarer wild dogs and cheetahs, too.

After your morning game drive, slip into the infinity pool, with its views all the way to the foothills of the Drakensberg; then, as the sun reaches its zenith opt for a well-earned siesta or catch up with fellow travellers in the 360° bar or lounge. Later, when the afternoon cools, follow your tracker on foot as the animals come out of the shadows and drink their fill before nightfall.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
08/01/2024 - 30/04/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) R12,585
01/05/2024 - 05/01/2025 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) R17,565

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Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Specially adapted photographic safari vehicles
  • No fences between Timbavati & Kruger
  • Outdoor rain showers
  • Infinity pool with views to the Drakensberg
Game drives

Game drives

High tea on offer

High tea on offer

Night drives

Night drives

Sundowners

Sundowners

Rooms at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Luxury Tented Suite

    It is difficult to imagine a better place to sleep. Simbavati Hilltop Lodge boasts eight individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a village feel. Each suite has two individual tents – one for the main bedroom and one for the bathroom. The bathrooms each have bath tubs, and the two tents are linked by a passage that can be opened up on one side, allowing for an indoor or outdoor shower. But the placement of the tents has guaranteed your privacy, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay. Steep stairs lead to some of the tents, placed to make the most of the views.

    General Facilities

    Shangaan trackers expertly direct you to the best game viewing but if you prefer a day of relaxation, you can watch the animals wander down to the Nhlaralumi River from your sun lounger on the deck. The infinity swimming pool, covered outdoor poolside lounge and 360° bar offer every opportunity for game viewing from the lodge’s vantage point on the hill. In the lounge, play a board game or read a book. There is Wi-Fi but limited cellphone reception; this is truly downtime and perfect for a much-needed ‘digital detox’.

    All the extras are available, including plenty of power points to charge your camera, air conditioning and heating. A special feature is the adapted photographic vehicles, with four swivel seats, camera mountings and low sides for maximum photographic opportunities, with camera equipment for hire at the lodge.

    Bar

    Bar

    Boma

    Boma

    Curio shop

    Curio shop

    Fire pit

    Fire pit

    In-room massages

    In-room massages

    Private balcony or deck

    Private balcony or deck

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Plentiful, delicious food is served on the deck. Along with the lounge and pool areas, the dining deck was designed with a breath-taking view out across the bush and the river bed, making meals another opportunity for game viewing. Dinner of African-inspired cuisine is served on the deck or around the fire in the open-air boma and you can eat your traditional barbeque – known as a ‘braai’– under the myriad stars. Lunch is a la carte or chef’s specials, and high tea comprises freshly baked savoury and sweet treats.

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